When Jerry Gives Advice, I Listen

If you are of an age, you’ll remember the old TV ads for stock brokerage E. F. Hutton. The tag line of the ads was that when E. F. Hutton spoke, people listened. I’m like that when Jerry Miculek offers advice.

In the video below, Jerry offers pointers on how to hold your AR-15 for consistent and accurate shooting. Given Jerry’s success at 3-Gun which requires both speed and accuracy, it is a given that he knows of what he speaks.

Sean Asks The Pertinent Questions

Sean Sorrentino of An NC Gun Blog attended Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s press conference today held at the NC State Fairgrounds. Troxler used the press conference to defend his position that legal, permitted concealed carry holders would be barred from carrying at the fair.

Sean was not ready to let Troxler off the hook. He asked two very pertinent questions regarding personal safety.

First, he asked if Troxler hadn’t just announced to every criminal that people going to and from the parking lots would be defenseless. Troxler passed that question off to the police chief of the fairgrounds.

Second, Sean then asked the chief if a person feels unsafe, will the police provide an escort. Here’s the response he got.

There you have the Department of Agriculture’s Chief of Police, Joel Keith promising not only uniformed police patrols in the parking lots, but armed escorts for anyone who asks for one.

So there you have it. Chief Keith, backed up by the Wake County Sheriff, Donnie Harrison, will provide you an armed police escort back to your vehicle. After they’ve made it illegal to defend yourself, I think it’s the least they can do.

Thanks to Sean for asking the pertinent questions of the powers that be. Now if I were a fairgoer, I’d demand that police escort. They made a promise and they should stand by it no matter how inconvenient.

And Speaking Of Chris Cheng

Speaking of Chris Cheng, I got this release from his publisher yesterday. He’s about to release a book entitled “Shoot to Win”. The release is below and has links to his Facebook page where you can win swag!

I have requested a review copy of the book and will be posting a review after reading it.

Top Shot
Winner, Chris Cheng, Releases “Shoot to Win” Book
 Enter to Win Cheng’s “Epic Giveaway” to Celebrate
Book Launch
 San Francisco,
CA. (October 14, 2014)
– Chris Cheng, season
four champion of History Channel’s Top Shot, and NRA NEWS Commentator, adds book author to his bio
with the release of “
to Win
,” available now on Amazon, iTunes and TopShotChris.Com To celebrate, Cheng is hosting an “Epic Giveaway”
on his Facebook page at
http://Facebook.Com/TopShotChris with over $8,000
in “gun swag” from companies like Oakley, Vertx, Leupold, Glock and many more.
New prizes will be given away daily.
 “I’m so excited to kick off my book launch with
this epic giveaway for my fans,” said Cheng. “Shoot to Win is for everyone
who wants to learn beginning marksmanship or improve their skills at the range
with their friends. I offer the tactics – like stress management and breathing
exercises – that led me to win Top Shot
against all odds as the underdog. My success for thriving no matter what is
placed in front of you is all spelled out in this book
and I hope people can take away numerous tips to help them succeed at whatever
they set their mind to.”
 Cheng has been promoting Shoot to Win at Bass Pro Shops stores around the country as well as
holding interviews with radio personalities such as Dana Loesch and Cam
Edwards. Last week, Cheng visited his previous employer, Google, to host
“Authors @ Google.” That video is now available at:
Chris Cheng: “Shoot to
Cheng also has developed shooting tips
for beginner handguns via the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).  The tips will reach nearly 1.5 million email
inboxes each month through NSSF’s
Pull the Trigger e-newsletter and
are available for download
iTunes via the NSSF Shooting Sportscast
, a regularly updated HD video podcast.
NSSF is launching the 20+ handgun video series today and plans to host rifle
and shotgun series with Cheng in 2015.
Cheng won the title of “Top
Shot,” a $100,000 cash prize, and a professional marksman contract with the
show sponsor, Bass Pro Shops. How did a tech support guy who didn’t shoot a lot
of guns beat out seventeen other competitors—including seasoned military
veterans, law enforcement officers, and pro marksmen—in History Channel’s Top Shot season 4?
 Cheng covers his approach to
staying calm under pressure, teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership. These
traits contributed to his coming out on top and staying above the fray. Shoot to Win with Top Shot champion Chris Cheng provides fun and interesting insight
into the Top Shot experience.
Additionally, Cheng reveals very personal information about his life that never
aired on the show, and he discusses how it was a key part of his Top Shot
 With a foreword written by Top
season 3 champion Dustin Ellermann and an afterword written by the
original Top Shot champion Iain
Harrison, Shoot to Win is sure to
please shooters of all stripes, but especially fans of History Channel’s
program Top Shot.
more about Cheng at
http://TopShotChris.Com and http://Facebook.Com/TopShotChris  

New Video Series From NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has launched a new video series featuring Chris Cheng. Cheng went from self-taught amateur working for Google to the winner of Top Shot Season 4. This new series is aimed at the new or beginning shooter. The new series will focus on the core fundamentals that allowed Chris to advance from being a self-taught amateur to the ranks of professional marksmen.

The first video is his introduction to the series.

The next video that has been released speaks to the most important thing to consider at the range: safety. In it he presents four rules of safety that are variants of Col. Cooper’s famous four rules. While I prefer the phrasing of Col. Cooper’s rules, these appear to be stated in a way that will be understood by the absolute rank beginner not coming from the gun culture.

Another NRA Ad On Local TV

Just after another Kay Hagan attack ad which, I, of course, muted, comes an ad featuring Natalie Foster. I’m like, wait, that’s a NRA ad. Quick, unmute the TV. It was the one below on privacy which is a really good ad.

I’m really glad to see the NRA starting to run these ads featuring the new generation of commentators dealing with issues like neighborhood safety, privacy, etc.

Is anyone else seeing these ads in your states? I’d like to hear about it.

GRNC Responds To Judge Stephens’ Ruling On Carry At The NC State Fair

Grass Roots North Carolina has responded to the denial of a temporary restraining order that would allow those with concealed handgun permits to carry at the North Carolina State Fair. While disappointed, they are weighing their options including whether to appeal.

From GRNC:

Judge in State Fair Case Legislates From Bench

Judge Donald Stephens’ decision in the GRNC lawsuit against posting the state fair against concealed carry can best be summarized in his own words: “If I can find a way to interpret the statutes to prohibit concealed handguns in the state fair, I will.”

It was evident to all that Judge Stephens had his mind made up long before the hearing began. When GRNC’s attorney argued, his attitude was nearly contemptuous, and when the Attorney General’s representative argued, Stephens was soothing and supportive as if talking to a pet dog.

The denial today of GRNC’s temporary restraining order was a classic case of legislating from the bench by, perhaps willfully, misinterpreting both the intent of the General Assembly in passing HB 937’s opening of assemblies to concealed carry, and the potential cost to crime victims of not being able to protect themselves against violent predators, as has happened repeatedly in other state fairs, the most recent being last weekend in Arizona.

GRNC is examining our options, including appeal, legislative action, and possibly an open holster demonstration at the fair. Allow me to say what I told conservative talk show host and GRNC supporter Bill LuMaye: “We don’t know yet how we will react to this setback, but I can tell you one thing: Whatever we do will be done to expand the rights of lawful North Carolinians and their ability to protect their families. The left has called it ‘the long march.’ This is our long march.”

GRNC’s operating philosophy: Never give up. Never give in. Never go away.

It is a long march. I’m reminded of a statement that Gene Hoffman of the CalGuns Foundation made at the 2010 Gun Rights Policy Conference. He said we lost our gun rights over a 40-year period of time and it will take time to get them back.

A Cool Bit Of History Found In British Columbia

Like so many “secret weapons” late in World War II, the Japanese fire balloons or Fu-Go (Windship Weapon) were a failure. Of the 9,300 hydrogen balloons launched with incendiaries attached, about 300 were found to have landed or been shot down in North America. The Japanese hoped that these balloons would have reached the forests along the Pacific coast and started massive fires that would divert resources from the war in the Pacific Theater.

The bombs did kill six people, a pregnant woman and five kids, in southern Oregon who were out on a church camping trip. However, no massive fires were started and no resources diverted.

Until this month, the last time a balloon bomb was found was in the 1970s. A forestry worker in Lumby, British Columbia discovered one last Thursday.

On Thursday morning RCMP in Lumby were asked by one of Tolko’s employees to come to an area off Thunder Mountain Forest Road. The employee suspected that he had found an unexploded Japanese balloon bomb. The bomb is partly embedded in the ground within the bush in the area east of Lumby. Officers photographed the bomb and the military disposal unit from Esquimalt is heading to the area to deal with the unexploded bomb.

The RCMP said that they hoped to be able to salvage parts of the bomb such as the aluminum ring seen in the picture below for display at the local Lumby Museum.

This is a cool bit of history. I hope they succeed in preserving as much of it as possible. Looking at Lumby on the map, it is in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. This means this balloon bomb, after crossing the North Pacific, drifted over the coastal mountains and about two-thirds of BC to land in Lumby. That’s incredible.

Update On NC State Fair Injunction Request

Grass Roots North Carolina filed suit last week seeking a temporary injunction to keep the North Carolina State Fair from being posted against carry. HB 937 made changes to the law that should have prevented Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler (R-NC) from posting the fairgrounds. I say should have.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens refused to grant the temporary injunction in a ruling this afternoon.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said he believed “it would be unwise and imprudent to allow firearms into the State Fair.”

This is truly a case of the law being what the judges say it is despite the clear wording of North Carolina statutes. Given that Judge Stephens was re-elected in 2012, he won’t be coming up for re-election again until 2020 as Superior Court judges in North Carolina serve eight year terms.

Ag Commissioner Troxler is happy about the decision saying, “”for upholding the longstanding policy banning weapons at the State Fair and for issuing his decision so quickly.” Troxler has contended that the changes in the NC General Statutes brought about by HB 937 are “vague”.

Troxler, who says he is a gun owner himself, argued that the law was badly-worded and legislators had not intended to allow guns at the fair. He said they didn’t belong there, citing the huge crowds and the potential for guns to fall out during midway rides during the annual rain of wallets, keys and change, and then go off.

At the press conference Monday, Troxler said that no matter which way the ruling went this week, there will be metal detectors at all the entrance gates. And after the fair, he said, he would go back to the General Assembly to ask legislators to be clear about what they think the law should say about guns at the fair.

“Either the legislature believes there needs to be concealed carry at the fair or not,” he said.

Troxler, it should be noted, is a practicing farmer as required by Chapter 106 of the North Carolina General Statutes. He is not an attorney. Thus, any claims to the law being vague should be taken with a grain of salt.

The State Fair Facebook page is getting lots of feedback on their announcement of the decision in which they said they are glad Judge Stephens didn’t grant the injunction.

So the North Carolina State Fair will be a gun-free zone. As to the reality of gun-free zones, I’d urge you to listen to what Massad Ayoob said about the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago. His comments start at the 1:14:45 mark and are well worth a listen.

Helga Glock v. Glock Et Al: A Soap Opera In 354 Pages

Helga Glock, former wife of Gaston Glock, Sr., has filed suit against him and his assorted companies. The suit was filed on Thursday in US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She is seeking $500 million plus punitive damages. In the suit, she accuses Gaston Sr. of theft, money laundering, and racketeering. She is invoking RICO as part of the suit.

Paul Barrett, author of  Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, had an interview with Helga and the children from Gaston’s marriage to her. It was the first time they spoke out about Gaston Sr., the divorce, and his remarriage to his nurse Katherin. From the story we learn that Gaston, who came from a simple family, married up when he married Helga. She came from a prosperous Bavarian family and traded a good job in Munich to marry him. She was part of his company from the start taking care of the accounting while raising the three children and being a good Austrian “hausfrau”.

Prior to the divorce and Gaston Sr’s stroke, all the children and Helga were part of Glock. Gaston Jr. worked in IT, Robert in marketing, and Brigitte ran human resources. It all changed in 2010.

In 2010, Gaston Sr. issued a three-page handwritten letter dictating his “unconditional wishes for a reorganization of the Glock Group.” Helga and the children were to cease their “operational” roles, he declared. “I thank my wife, Helga, for her support and wish her a carefree and good life in her deserved retirement.” The letter instructed: “There will be no harassment, spying, stalking, violation of human dignity, or scheming toward me and my environment.” Gaston Sr. “guarantee[d] the agreed-upon payments to the beneficiaries for a lifetime.”

Mrs. Glock’s attorney, John Da Grosa Smith, is very familiar with Glock, Inc. He was the attorney for former Glock, Inc. (the US affiliate) CEO Paul Jannuzzo and secured the reversal of his conviction for embezzlement on appeal.

All I can say, it is going to be interesting. Glock lovers and haters alike will find tons of spicy details in the complaint below. My only fear is that the gun prohibitionists will also be combing it with a fine tooth comb to buttress their allegations against the firearms industry.

You Snooze, You Lose

Aaron at the Weapon-Blog has posted his monthly list of contests featuring firearms.

In the pistol category, there are 12 contests featuring pistols ranging from the Sig Sauer P320 to a Kimber Custom 1911. The coolest pistol, and I use that term loosely, is a Sig Sauer PM400 Elite Pistol with their SBX brace in .300 Blackout.

As to long guns, there are two shotguns offered and 20 rifles. I don’t think I’ve seen that many in a long time. There are, as usual, a number of ARs in various calibers, a couple of IWI Tavors, the PTR-91, and a handful of hunting rifles.

I apologize for being a few days late with the list. Aaron let me know a few days ago and I’ve just gotten around to posting about it.